Cajeput Essential Oil
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Country of Origin: Vietnam
- Plant Part: Terminal Branch
- Latin Name: Melaleuca cajuputi
- Cultivation: Naturally Grown
About the Oil: Cajeput essential oil has an absolutely wonderful bright, fresh, stimulating aroma, like a slightly fruity Eucalyptus. This oil combines many of the traits of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus in one.
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About The Plant
Producing a wonderful bright, fresh, aroma, our Cajeput essential oil is derived from the steam distilled leaves of organically cultivated Australian Cajeput trees. Also known as 'White Tea Tree', 'White Wood' and 'Paperbark tree', the Cajeput tree can grow up to 30 meters in height and is native to Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Java, and Australia.
About The Oil
In the same genus as Tea Tree, Cajeput essential oil contains the potent antimicrobial constituent terpinen-4-ol, as well as 1,8-Cineol, the predominant constituent of Eucalyptus. Several other varieties of Melaleuca are cultivated for the production of Cajeput essential oil such as Melaleuca quinquenervia, a varietal found in more tropical climates. Relatives in the Melaleuca family include Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Clove, and Niaouli.
Cajeput has long been used in Malaysia and Indonesia for its therapeutic values.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Chrissie Wildwood’s The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy1:
Head-clearing and stimulating
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
Alleviates fatigue & drowsiness
Recommended for treatment of oily skin
Hot & stimulating nature
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial studying patients with severe, steroid-dependent asthma reported that ingestion of eucalyptol capsules over a 12-week period caused a significant reduction of asthmatic inflammation and minimized the patients’ dependence on steroids.3
Eucalyptol caused a significant decrease in the production of cell-signaling proteins that cause inflammation in an in vitro study. These results suggest that eucalyptol may be beneficial in reducing hypersecretion of mucus in the airway and could be useful in long-term therapies for asthma, sinusitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).4
Eucalyptol administered to rats significantly decreased the formation and severity of ulcers in the colon. For this reason, researchers cite its “potential value as a dietary flavoring agent”.6
Eucalyptol applied to human cells in vitro showed strong antioxidant activity and protected against DNA mutations and structural damage.7
Because curcumin has been reported as an effective treatment for numerous skin disorders, researchers tested the skin absorption effects of solutions of eucalyptol and water – they found that topical application of eucalyptol significantly increased curcumin absorption and delivery.8
Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, steam inhalation
Similar to Eucalyptus, Cajeput can be used in a steam inhalation preparation, supporting clearing of the sinus and nasal passages and jump starting the immune system. May support relief from a sore throat, and may generally assist in clearing up mucus from the bronchial passages. Also diffuse to cleanse and purify the air.
Massage, compress, bath, ointment, skin care
Cajeput essential oil makes an excellent addition to massage blends both for sports and for arthritic and rheumatic applications. It has moderate warming properties, and is noted to soothe and relax muscles and joints.
Add to sports and arthritis massage formulas at concentrations between 1 and 5%. Excellent in conjunction with Marjoram, Helichrysum, and Ginger.
Other topical applications include use as a chest rub for cold care and immune system support.
Use a trace amount to quiet itchy spots from insect bites.
It can be ingested in lozenge form to soothe sore throats or in dilution to aid relief of respiratory and urinary infections and to loosen chest or lung congestion.
Cajeput essential oil has an absolutely wonderful stimulating aroma. Similar to Eucalyptus, it has softer fruit notes and is not as full-bodied. The oil seems to combine many of the traits of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus into one oil.
Cajeput essential oil is non-toxic and a relative non-irritant. Caution should be used as in higher concentrations it may cause irritation. As with all essential oils that can be ingested, a proper ratio dilution is suggested. Consultation with a medical professional is recommended. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician.
1. Wildwood, Chrissie. Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy. Healing Arts Press, 2000.
2. Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
3. Juergens, U.R, et al. “Anti-Inflammatory Activity of 1.8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) in Bronchial Asthma: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Respiratory Medicine, vol. 97, no. 3, 2003, pp. 250–256., doi:10.1053/rmed.2003.1432.
4. Juergens, Uwe R., et al. “Inhibitory Activity of 1,8-Cineol (Eucalyptol) on Cytokine Production in Cultured Human Lymphocytes and Monocytes.” Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 17, no. 5, 2004, pp. 281–287., doi:10.1016/j.pupt.2004.06.002.
5. Soares, M., et al. “Eucalyptol, an Essential Oil, Reduces Contractile Activity in Rat Cardiac Muscle.” Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, vol. 38, no. 3, 2005, pp. 453–461., doi:10.1590/s0100-879x2005000300017.
6. Santos, F. “1,8-Cineole (Eucalyptol), a Monoterpene Oxide Attenuates the Colonic Damage in Rats on Acute TNBS-Colitis.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 42, no. 4, 2004, pp. 579–584., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2003.11.001.
7. MitiÄ‡-Ä†ulafiÄ‡, D., et al. “Protective Effect of Linalool, Myrcene and Eucalyptol against t-Butyl Hydroperoxide Induced Genotoxicity in Bacteria and Cultured Human Cells.” Food and Chemical Toxicology, vol. 47, no. 1, 2009, pp. 260–266., doi:10.1016/j.fct.2008.11.015.
8. Liu, Chi-Hsien, and Fu-Yen Chang. “Development and Characterization of Eucalyptol Microemulsions for Topical Delivery of Curcumin.” Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin, vol. 59, no. 2, 2011, pp. 172–178., doi:10.1248/cpb.9.172.